On a bright February day, it was great to see scaffolding up in a few places and repairs starting early. Regrettably, much of Leominster’s historic architecture has escaped repair many times over the past few centuries. I’ve come to the conclusion townspeople don’t “see” their old buildings any more – so take a look, before it all falls down!
Scaffolding shows repair work has begun on some of Leominster High Street’s ancient buildings
Subsidence causes the timbers to shift over time, leading to this lopsided effect
Herringbone cobbles on Leominster High Street. They have humped where traffic passes, but are in pretty good condition.
You would expect to find a witch somewhere like this, wouldn’t you? I hope nobody lives here, except those pigeons. It doesn’t look at all waterproof.
I think those ladders are just stashed there, not being used to repoint or fix the roof!
Burgess Street, Leominster town. The old chapel on the left now houses bargain warehouse, J-Mart.
This is not a barn on one of Leominster’s eccentrically shambolic farms. It’s in the town centre.
A closer view of the repair preparations being made at Leominster High Street
Window detail from the Merchant’s House in Corn Square. Now a restaurant, it is adequately maintained.
It’s soothing to find that some of the stables in Leominster’s town centre have been converted into attractive homes.
Much of Leominster’s historic architecture has escaped repair many times.
These aren’t raggedy barns on eccentric farms out in the country – though I hope to do a series on those, we have some amazing ones! They’re right in the town centre. I took these photos from the library car park and the Co-op. If I walked another five minutes, I’d have fifty more pictures for you.
They’re atmospheric. They’re intriguing – what’s each one’s story? They are ephemeral, because some of these aren’t going last much longer. And that makes me want to cry.